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County rolls-out free sanitary towels distribution program

The management of menstruation can present substantial challenges to girls in low-income settings, especially with the COVID-19 induced economic challenges.

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County Executive Committee Member for Gender, Sylvia Onyango (center) distributing the essential commodities. Photo/Suleiman Mbatiah

The County Government of Nakuru has committed to ensuring that school-going adolescent girls are not exploited or distressed due to a lack of sanitary towels.

County Executive Committee Member for Gender, Sylvia Onyango said the devolved government wanted to ensure all girls do not miss classes or drop out of school.

While launching the distribution of the sanitary towels targeting adolescent girls in primary across the County at Shabab Grounds today, Onyango said it was unfortunate that girls could miss classes due to menstruation.

“Through this program, each girl gets a package to last at least 4 months and residents will also be sensitised on menstrual hygiene to beat cultural setbacks,” she said.

She observed that the management of menstruation can present substantial challenges to girls in low-income settings, especially with the COVID-19 induced economic challenges.

A teacher at Heshima Primary School, Veronica Ndegwa said the sanitary towel program will end the sex-for-sanitary-pads trade that leads to underage pregnancies and marriages.

County Youth Empowerment Advisor, Paul Ndirangu said the sanitary package will alleviate economic hardships that at times lead to depression and suicide among the youth.

Melon Mlidi, the Captain of Nakuru West Queens, a local women football club, said the sanitary towels will build self-confidence among the players while on duty.

According to United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), out of approximately five (5) million girls between the ages of 10 and 19 in Kenya, 2.6 million require support to obtain menstrual hygiene materials.

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Nakuru City Board issues new guidelines to dwellers, building owners

Persons with illegal developments such as kiosks and car washes on road reserves will be required to relocate to formally designated and user compatible areas and those not in compliance removed within a hundred (100) days.

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Nakuru City Management board has issued a notice to building owners and the general public on strict guidelines within the city.

In a notice dated January 20, 2022 issued by Nakuru city manager Mr Gitau Thabanja, building owners are required to paint premises and ensure they are well maintained including ensuring rain water gutters are fixed as well as remove obstructive materials such as billboards, placards and posters on walkways to ensure safe and free movement.

All building owners are also expected to ensure proper disposal of garbage from their premises and that none finds its way into public designated spaces.

Persons with illegal developments such as kiosks and car washes on road reserves will be required to relocate to formally designated and user compatible areas and those not in compliance removed within a hundred (100) days.

At the same time, all taxis, motorcycles and tuk tuk owners should ensure their automobiles are located in their designated pick up areas. All building owners to ensure drainage around their premises comply with the Public Health Act.

All hawkers and street vendors especially those operating along the highway (A104), Kenyatta Avenue and East Road are required to relocate to designated markets while all vehicles should be parked on designated spaces and not on pedestrian walkways and pavements.

All owners of developments that do not comply with the building code, relevant bylaws and do not have the relevant approvals must regularize the said development by submitting their applications within ninety (100) days for scrutiny and subsequent approval to the City Board of Nakuru.

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Maalim sends stern warning to hate mongers as he takes over as Rift Valley Regional Commissioner

Maalim also used the moment to assure locals in the region that there shall be total peace ahead, during and after general polls.

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Rift Valley Regional Commissioner Mohammed Ahmed Maalim.PHOTO/Isaac

Hate mongers in the Rift Valley Region have been put on notice.

Rift Valley Regional Commissioner Mohammed Ahmed Maalim says he will not tolerate the same.

Speaking after holding a meeting with county commissioners under the Rift Valley Region, Maalim said he understands the task ahead of him.

He commended his predecessor George Natembeya for the tremendous work he did in the Region before his resignation to venture into politics.

While noting the security challenges in some of the counties in the region, the new Regional Commissioner was categorical that through proper coordination and collaboration all will be well.

“I know the tray is full but I am ready for the task ahead.War and hate mongers in this Region let them be warned that as a government we shall not tolerate such” he said.

Maalim also used the moment to assure locals in the region that there shall be total peace ahead, during and after general polls.

The immediate former Makueni county Commissioner takes over from Natembeya who has declared interest in the Trans Nzoia Gubernatorial seat.

 

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IDPs call for establishment of special court to handle hate mongers

He said that the government ought to establish special courts to try the hatemongers, fueling anxiety in the country and creating tension.

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As the country commenced the last  enhanced voter registration exercise ahead of the general election, IDPs Network in the country have embarked on an exercise to ensure the majority of their members have the cards to make choices of the leaders they wish to transform their lives.

Speaking in Nakuru, the team led by the chairman Patrick Githnji said that there has been a challenge to effectively address their concerns by the successive governments.
He said that the government ought to establish special courts to try the hatemongers, fueling anxiety in the country and creating tension.
“We want to see serious interventions by the government on how it can handle the people spreading hate because the judicial systems currently are slow”, he said.
Lucy Njeri, one of the IDPs said that the government ought to treat their people more special than foreigners who seem to be benefiting more from natural resources.
 

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